Council Continues to Wrestle With Manager Search

Since February of 2017, the City of Marco Island has been without a permanent city manager to replace former manager Roger Hernstadt. Hernstadt had come to the city with extensive municipal experience on the east coast of Florida, having served in various roles within Miami Dade County and the City of Miami. Prior to coming to Marco Island, Hernstadt had […]

Commissioner Fiala Hosts Town Hall

County Commissioner Donna Fiala hit the ground running when she returned home to Collier County following her annual summer pilgrimage to Ohio, her original home state. One of Fiala’s first stops was Marco Island, where she held a well-attended Town Hall Meeting. The energized and enthusiastic District One Commissioner brought along Collier County Planning Commission Chairman Mark Strain to discuss […]

It’s Election Time

It’s election time on Marco Island and the candidates for various offices — national, statewide and local — are hitting the campaign trail. On Marco Island there are a number of candidate forums planned, but mostly for the election of three new city council seats. The first such forum was hosted by the Southwest Florida Citizens Alliance, held at the […]

On the Ballot: One-Cent Rise in Sales Tax

One of the major issues that will be decided by Collier County voters on November 6 will revolve around the referendum question as to whether to raise the local sales tax by one penny, to seven cents on the dollar, for some goods and services being paid for the next seven years. At the end of seven years the additional […]

Council Strikes Out, Again

For the last several months, Councilor Howard Reed has attempted to convince his colleagues on the Marco Island City Council that they should concentrate their efforts on hiring a permanent replacement to fill the vacant position of Marco Island City Manager. Council’s latest attempts relied upon utilizing the services of the Florida Association of City and County Managers. This was […]

Two Interviewed, and One To Go

Two of the three candidates for the City of Marco Island Interim City Manager position came to town last week to be interviewed. On Thursday evening two candidates participated in an open interview process before council and the general public. Councilor Joe Batte is in New Jersey helping with a family issue, and was absent. Councilor Bob Brown used his […]

By Land or by Sea | Marco Island Officers Train For Emergencies on the Water

Some of the more than 120 miles of roadways around Marco Island abut our wonderful waterways and pristine beaches, which may on occasion present a challenge to first responders. Whether it be fishing, swimming, boating or just sitting in a tube or laying on a raft, the water is a great attraction for all to enjoy. This great asset also […]

Former Everglades City Mayor Arrested

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sammy Hamilton, 84, on July 16, 2018, for one count of grand theft and 16 counts of official misconduct. Sammy Hamilton is a former mayor of Everglades City. He was elected mayor in November 1995 and served until his resignation from office in September 2017. Reports […]

Drug Abuse Awareness:

What You Should Know

By now you’ve probably heard of a little drug called fentanyl. It’s a potent opioid typically prescribed as a strong pain medication. In recent years, news reports of overdoses from the highly addictive drug have spiked on both national and local levels. Drug abuse and addiction can affect teenagers, grandparents, teachers, doctors, moms and dads. Addiction has no preferred demographic […]

Preparation, Rather Than Panic

Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto was our first taste for what may be a fairly busy season for storm watchers this year. The memories of Hurricane Irma are still fresh in our minds as many condominium complexes, businesses and homeowners continue their work on their recovery efforts from last September’s storm. As we look towards the 2018 season we should all be […]

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